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Break Habit Biting
Breaking habits: To make or break any habits, medically speaking we need three weeks (21 days). Theoretically speaking, it takes 21 days to make a new neural pathway! Any new habit to form or break, it has to be engraved into our body system as a neural pathway. Once it is engraved (21 days); then we don't need extra efforts to work on it. This means only three weeks of effort--- keep checking on yourself! ...Read more
Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more
Reaction to stress.:
Nail biting is often considered to be a common reaction to stress.
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Bitter nail polish: Try applying bitter nail polish. This may help break the urge. ...Read more
Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read more
Say no!: To help him grow quickly through the biting stage, when you observe biting, say, "no! " firmly, so he can tell you are not pleased, then repeat and name the behavior, "no biting! ". Then scoop him up from the situation and set a timer for about two minutes (the rule of thumb is one minute for every year he is old) and pay no attention to him for the next two minutes, even if he acts sorry or angry. ...Read more
Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more
Unsavory substance: One way to dissuade one from biting may be to apply a non-toxic substance to the skin that would be very distasteful. For instance jalapeno pepper juice may be a good choice. ...Read more
See your dentist: Have your dentist see you to check your bite. Maybe your bite may need adjusting so you won't bite your lip or tongue. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? ...Read more
I have a habit of "biting my cheeks". I find myself doing it without knowing it. Is it "normal" and how do I stop?
Situational habit.: I used to do the same thing when I would find myself in intense competitive situations. I gave myself something else to do in order to save my cheeks. Sugarless gum. I no longer chew much gum but the cheek biting habit is gone. Consider current medications, dietary deficiencies, anxiety, malaligned or poolry occluding teeth as causes. A visit to your md, or dentist might be helpful. ...Read more
Overjet: Overjet (commonly referred to as overbite) is the horizontal distance the upper and lower front teeth are from one another. Many patients who have a moderate to severe overjet find that the lower lip fits easily into that space. As a child they learn to swallow that way, and it becomes a neuromuscular habit. It usually goes away with orthodontic correction. ...Read more
Psychotherapy: Assuming the biting and cutting have been occuring for a few weeks or more, I would suggest the individual meet with a mental health professional, preferably one well versed in cognitive behavior therapy. ...Read more
Biting Lips: A couple ways: 1) mind over matter. If is a conscious habit; practice different techniques that keep you from biting. Keeping your lips closed prevents the teeth from biting. 2) soft occlusal guards will help with slightly opening your bite and subsequently reducing trauma. It will provide a barrier between your teeth and lips that should prevent you from biting them especially at night. ...Read more
Plan and support: Plan ahead & enlist help from friends, family, your doctor, etc. Think about the situations when you are more likely to bite your nails and the emotion behind them. If you bite your nails when you are nervous, you need to find another way to sooth anxiety. If you bite when you are bored, find something else to do with your hands. Consider chewing gum, mints, nail polish, fake nails as deterents. ...Read more
Biting lips: In general, I would normally tell a patient that biting lips won't damage them. It is just a bad habit ...Read more
I have been biting my cheek for a long time I try to stop but now it's becoming a habit what do I do?
Become aware of when and situations in which you're biting
Visualize yourself with strong healthy nails
Pick one nail to protect, let it grow
Pick another and continue the process until you've successfully avoided biting all nails.
If you ever have urge, focus on just 1 nail to bite
Maintain healthy nails--healthy diet, manicure, pretty polish, cuticle oil ...Read more
Get help if needed:
Become more aware of when you are biting nails, what you are doing, etc.
Do something else-drumming fingers, twiddling, playing with a penny
Keep your mouth busy-gum, mints, water bottle
Apply something to discourage biting--Bitrex, hot sauce (frequently)
Get a manicure, wear pretty polish
If you've tried everything, it may also be time to see a professional. ...Read more
Cognitive behaviorTx: If lip biting has been occurring over a relatively brief period of time, I would encourage the individual to become more conscious or aware and making a mental note, or instead by keeping a daily journal of all the details; if the behavior continues I would recommend a therapist who practices cbt. ...Read more
Just stop: There is no magic trick. It is a habit you have developed and every-time you catch yourself biting your cheek you just have to stop... It will take a month to see a change but with persistence you can stop. Good luck! ...Read more
See specialist: See a prosthodontist to evaluate your bite. If all is well with it, then you may need a nightguard for the nighttime. If you are doing this during the day then you may need to see a therapist to help determine why you are doing this and how to help you manage/improve it. Good luck. ...Read more
Cheek biting habit: Bite being off, ill fitting dentures, missing teeth can lead to biting your cheek. If you are asking about having a habit, like you catch yourself chewing on the inside of your cheek or pulling off a little of the inner "skin" of the cheek and chewing the piece, which many people do, some causes of that could be boredom, stress, self satisfaction from chewing something which sounds primal. ...Read more